25 August 2019 Garlic Bulbils

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The bulbils from the 2019 garlic crop are dry and they were cleaned and winnowed for storage until planted in October. Only hundred are needed so most will be discarded.The first year growing they produce one small peanut sized bulb called a round. The round planted will produce one bulb with about four good size cloves, the following year normal size bulb will be formed. This method leaves all the main crop for use, hence is more economical for growing on a large scale.

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23 August 2019 Cucumber Juice

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Thirty six pounds of fresh picked cucumbers were made into 14 liters of Pressure canned juice at 15 PSI for 15 minutes. Each jar contains about 2.5 pound of processed cucumbers.
Process was: Wash, cut into smaller pieces to facilitate cooking, add about 5 liters of water to give some liquid to start cooking. When soft about 25 minutes blend into a slurry. Put through a mesh 2 mm strainer to remove seeds. The strainer residue is then put through a Champion Juicer to get all nutriments. This output may be mixed or kept for soup. Place liquid into liter jars and for long term storage Pressure can at 15 PSI for 15 minutes. This must be done in batches of seven, since the cannrr only accommodates seven jars at one time.

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The juice jars ready for storage.

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22 August 2019 Dinner

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Dinner for one was prepared. Mostly from he garden except for the white perogies found frozen in he refrigerator. Annotated pictures depict the process.

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20 August 2019 Eggplant (Juicng)

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Eggplant was getting large so were made into pressure canned juice. Vidalia onions were added for flavor. Six liter jars were obtained. A pleasant juice and a reasonable method of utilizing eggplant. Annotated pictures depict the standard method of processing.

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19 August 2019 Brussels Sprouts

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Seven Brussels sprout plants were processed into six liter jars of juice. Some cucamelons were available so they were added o the pot. About one pound of material is in each liter jar. The sprout were not the highest quality but acceptable.

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18 August 2019 Brussels Sprouts

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One Brussels Sprout plant was pulled to assess condition. It was excellent and very tasty when steam cooked. No insect damage. The white cabbage butterfly was not present this year. The next few days the remainder will b pulled and pressure canned into juice.

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18 August 2019 Cucamelon (Melothria scabra)

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A most prolific producer. This is one plant. Grows along a 4 by 8 trellis.

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17 August 2019 Carrots

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Two rows of carrots about 20 pounds were made into 13 liters of juice pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes. The carrots were pristine, no worm damage. Process was after digging to trim and wash.Cook until soft just covered with water. Beat with a hand blender into a slurry. Strain through a 2mm mesh food mill or screen. Very little fiber in carrots. Pressure can in liter jars at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for long term storage at room temperature.

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16 August 2019 Sicilian Saucer Tomato

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First ripe Sicilian Saucer Tomato. The fruit is large and is the plant is a good producer. The fruit is always large and distorted. There are three plants in the garden.

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14 August 2019 Processing Garlic

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The garlic has been hanging in the shed and is quite dry so further processing can be done.
A few facts the largest bulbs are about 120 grams. Harvest is ideal IMO when the bulbs crack or break the outer skin, only a few of my bulbs reached that stage. I have found the cracked bulbs have identical shelf life compared to bulbs left whole, lso the cloves get slightly larger. The smallest bulbs are selected for seed in 2019 planted in October. I have found no relation to clove size influencing the size of the bulb. My bulbils are still drying and some will be plant later.

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